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Learning PrinciplesStudents should have a brief understanding of the origin and history of oak in the wine industryStudents should learn the basic rationale of how the usage of oak barrels changes the taste of wineStudents should be able to identify the oak taste as well as the odor from wine after class Students should be familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of using oak in the production of wine The History of OakThe use of oak for wine transportation can be traced back over 2000 years first coming into widespread use during the time of the Roman Empire Over time winemakers discovered that oak barrels could be used in more than just storage convenience They noticed wine kept in oak barrels took on properties that improved wine by making it softer and in some cases better-tasting MacNeil 2001 Gradually oak has been used as small barrels for fermentation maturation and transportation White oak species have been particularly popular in their anatomical and chemical properties needed for tight cooperage Jackson 1994 Nowadays other materials like stainless steel and fiberglass are more widely used in the process of transportation and production due to customers preference to younger lighter and more fruitful wine However oak is still used in the production of some premium wines Wine Tasting Practice IA Beringer Pinot Noir Longwood 2002 California 14B Meridian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2001 California 12Students should taste the wine without being informed of the brand and the type of wineIclicker Question IPlease identify the wine that interacts with oak in its production process AA Beringer Pinot Noir Longwood 2002 California 14B Meridian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2001 California 12Expect a half and half resultComments After the discussion of the rationale of the taste changing and the identification focus students should be more proficient at finding the oak tasteRationale of taste changing effect from oakChemical Composition of OakCell Wall ConstitutionCelluloseCellulose mainly provides the strength and resilience of the oak and has a
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